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Study Says 1 In 5 Adolescents Now Pre-Diabetic

Nearly a quarter of young adults and a fifth of adolescents in the United States have pre-diabeties, according to a study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

Prediabetes -- a condition wherein blood sugar levels are elevated, but not high enough to warrant a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes -- was estimated at 18% among adolescents ages 12 to 18, and 24% among young adults ages 19 to 34.

Experts say these numbers have risen over the past decade, putting young people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other conditions down the line.

"Until recently, young children and teens almost never got type 2 diabetes, which is why it used to be called adult-onset diabetes," says the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where most of the new study's authors are affiliated. "Now, about one-third of American youth are overweight, a problem closely related to the increase in kids with type 2 diabetes, some as young as 10 years old."


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Pedagogy offers several diabetics continuing education courses in an online format. These courses are written by author Maureen Sullivan.

Maureen has over 25 years in Emergency and Trauma nursing, including nursing positions as the Emergency Department Manager, Director of Staff Education, Trauma Coordinator, and Stroke Program Manager. In addition, she has also been certified as both a BLS and ACLS instructor, and adjunct faculty for an LPN nursing program. Maureen has also written nursing articles for the following journals: Nursing Spectrum, ADVANCE nursing magazine, and The Journal of Emergency Care, Rescue, and Transportation.  Her expertise is in diabetes education, stroke education and prevention, and all aspects of emergency medicine.

Maureen has written multiple continuing education courses on diabetes as well as other healthcare topics:

Diabetes: An Introduction
Diabetes Management and Insulin Pumps
Diabetes Management and Insulin Pumps for School Nurses
Diabetes: An Introduction for Administrators


You may see all of the online continuing nurse education offered by Pedagogy by clicking View Entire Catalog.   

Memberships are also available to institutions that would like to provide a library of education to their staff. See Memberships for more information and to request pricing.  


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